Dedicated to Improving Pelvic and Abdominal Health Globally

About Us

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Our mission is to advance global excellence in abdominal and pelvic health through evidence-based practice, innovative education, research, and social responsibility.


As a global authority in abdominal and pelvic health, we transform society by empowering professionals and people everywhere.


Join our member-led, collaborative, nonprofit community! We are committed to education, research, and promotion of personalized care in abdominal and pelvic physical therapy.

Six Goals of the 2016-2019+ Strategic Plan:

  1. Provide multi-level professional education that is excellent, relevant, and diverse.
  2. Conduct effective branding that is supported by timely, clear marketing and communications.
  3. Build community through professional and social networking, and create opportunities for the next generation of leaders.
  4. Promote best practices through practice guidelines.
  5. Develop and implement a rigorous research strategy.
  6. Review our governance structure and practices to become a more strategic board.


The Section on Women’s Health is a membership and educational organization of nearly 3,000 physical therapists who treat patients across the life span, from young athletes and childbearing women to elderly men and peri-menopausal women. The Section offers access to the Journal on Women’s Health Physical Therapy, education courses, lab training by leading physical therapists, and a PT Locator virtual director for patients seeking local PTs.

Membership Benefits       Become  a Member!

Already an APTA member, but not a Section on Women’s Health Member?

You don’t need to wait until your APTA renewal to join the Section on Women’s Health. Join today and at a pro-rated price dependent upon your APTA membership renewal date!

Click on “Add a Section” under Applications & Forms.


The following document contains the policies and procedures of the Section on Women’s Health (SOWH). The documents within will be reviewed annually for additions and modifications.

Go To: SOWH Policies & Procedures (.pdf)

STATE OF THE SECTION: An Annual Report of SOWH Performance and Progress

Go To: 2017 State of the Section Presentation (.pptx)


rp_elizabeth-noble-head-shot.jpg Elizabeth Noble founded the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association in 1977 under the original name of the Section on Obstetrics and Gynecology. The professional association served as a resource for continuing education and knowledge needed by physical therapists interested in healthcare of women before, during, and after pregnancy.

Today, however, the scope of practice for our nearly 3,000 Section members has widened to include myriad health abdominal and pelvic concerns of women, men, and children: incontinence, pelvic/vaginal pain, prenatal and postpartum musculoskeletal pain, osteoporosis, rehabilitation following breast surgery, lower back pain, lymphedema, conditions specific to the female athlete, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, wellness, and exercise.

Members voted to change the Section name in 1995 to Section on Women’s Health to mark the specialized education required to address women’s physical therapy needs. In 2011, the organization updated its mission and vision statements to recognize Section members who also treat males affected by incontinence, pelvic pain, fibromyalgia, and osteoporosis.

The Section on Women’s Health continues to focus on its role as a vital resource for physical therapists interested in continuing education, research, and lab training from leading physical therapists. Members also receive the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy, networking opportunities, a voice in advocating for physical therapy patients and the profession, specialized sessions at APTA conferences, and more.


Section on Women’s Health Office

Office Hours: M-F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST
Mailing Address: 8400 Westpark Drive, 2nd Floor, McLean , VA 22102
Telephone: 703.610.0224  |  Fax: 703 995-0936
For assistance: Please, contact us at [email protected].

Section on Women’s Health Office Staff

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Tamela Blalock, MBA, CAE, CMP, DES
Executive Director
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Aika Barzhaxynova
Director of Marketing & Business Development
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